ETRC May Newsletter + Calendar of Events

Dear ETRC Members,   
In this issue you will find the following information:
1. Schedule of Upcoming Events at ETRC in May
a) Teacher Training Workshops
b) ETRC Joined «Україна Speaking» Campaign»: English Speaking Club at ETRC with Jimmy Hill and Rose Puthenpurackal
c) Women’s Club 
d) ETRC Joined «Україна Speaking» Campaign»: Youth Film Club with Rose Puthenpurackal
2. Announcements
a) EducationUSA Alumni Fair 2017 at America House Kyiv in May
b) Summer English Camp Thematic “Inter-Camp 2017” in Skadovsk (Khersonska Obl) in July 2017
c) Virginia International University Scholarship (USA)
d) On-line Courses for You!!!!
3. Highlights of Recent Events
4. NewAcquisitions
5. Special Days in May
6. Your Emotional and Physical Health
7. Tidbits from the Internet
8. Useful Resources
 
ETRC Staff
Quotes of the month:
If you want to end the war then Instead of sending guns, send books. Instead of sending tanks, send pens. Instead of sending soldiers, send teachers. ~ Malala Yousafzai (17-year-old Noble Peace Laureate)
Peace does not mean an absence of conflicts; differences will always be there. Peace means solving these differences through peaceful means; through dialogue, education, knowledge; and through humane ways. ~ Dalai Lama XIV
Share your smile with the world. It’s a symbol of friendship and peace. ~ Christie Brinkley
When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others. ~ Peace Pilgrim
Peace may sound simple – one beautiful word – but it requires everything we have, every quality, every strength, every dream, every high ideal. ~ Yehudi Menuhin
If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner. ~ Nelson Mandela
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
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UPCOMING EVENTS IN MAY
1. Teacher Training Workshops Schedule
Please sign up in advance to attend a particular event at ETRC at the circulation desk, by phone (044) 425-77-75, by e-mail:etrc_kyiv@yahoo.com, or send a text message to 067 230-7619. Please visit our website at www.etrckyiv.com and Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/etrc.kyiv 
 
ETRC working hours in May are as follows:
Monday:         2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Tuesday:        2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Wednesday:   2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday:       2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Friday:            2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
*English Language Fellow Seneca Ryan conducts teacher training workshops at the America House Kyiv on Tuesdays, with their repeats at the ETRC on Fridays (Please read the detailed schedule below).
 
Please note that if you attend eight sessions (five for new participants!) by June 2017, you will receive a certificate recognizing your commitment!
* The American English Webinar Series Course 6 has started in May!
The course of webinars covers a variety of topics for teachers of English or future teachers of English around the world. As the number of workstations that can access the webinars is limited in Ukraine, we invite all those who are interested in participating in these ELT webinars to register as members of a viewing group at ETRC. We will join the webinars on one of our computers and project the video on a screen so that the participants could get a better view and an opportunity to fully engage with the webinars.
!!! If you attend four sessions out of six from the webinar series, you will receive a certificate of attendance!!!
*On May 24, the final session from the course of monthly teacher training workshops “Effective Methods of Teaching English” byMaryna Tsehelska will take place at ETRC. Participants who have attended at least four workshops will be presented with the official certificates of accomplishment.
* Clubs in May:
ETRC Joined «Україна Speaking» Campaign: Youth Film Club welcomes you on Thursday afternoons, May 11, 18, and 25 from 3:00-6:00PM to watch and discuss popular American movies. Post-viewing discussions will be moderated by Rose Puthenpurackal, Master’s in Political Science, English teacher, traveler, kickboxer and film expert.
ETRC Joined «Україна Speaking» Campaign: psychologist Jimmy Hill  and English teacher Rose Puthenpurackal will moderate Discussions Clubs on Life Skills on Tuesdays, May 16, 23 and 30 at 4:00PM.
Anna Suprun, psychologist and handmade artist, will help you create felted items on Mondays, May 15 and 29, at 3:00 PM.
DETAILED SCHEDULE OF ETRC EVENTS
a) Teacher Training Workshops  
        English Language Fellow Seneca Ryan conducts teacher training workshops at the America House Kyiv on Tuesdays at4:00PM, with their repeats at the ETRC on Fridays at 4:00PM.  
       Follow the schedule of the America House Kyiv at https://www.facebook.com/americahousekyiv/events andhttp://www.americahousekyiv.org/events/!!!
 
Wednesday, May 3 from 3:00 – 4:00 PM Webinar 6.1 “Teacher Talk: Presentation Skills for Teachers
Webinar Description:
Have you ever finished a sentence for a student or interrupted a student when she/he was speaking?
Have you ever asked the class a question, and a few seconds later answered it yourself?
The presenter will address these questions as he explores the notions of Teacher Talk Time and Teacher Wait Time. This webinar will also make participants (humorously) aware of some unfortunate teacher presentation habits. The session will counter some of these bad habits with practical tips for speaking in front of groups, whether in your regular class or at a conference. In addition, the presenter will discuss and offer brief advice about conducting student presentations. Teachers will be encouraged to take action to improve their talk time behavior and presentation styles. Presenter Bio:
Kevin McCaughey is a Regional English Language Officer currently based in Pretoria, South Africa, and is a regular contributor to the American English webinar series. He has offered teacher training workshops and presented at conferences in 30 countries, including Ukraine. In his twenties he played in rock bands, so he knows the importance of a good presentation.
Friday, May 12 from 4:00 – 5:30 PM Workshop “English Composition: An Introductory Framework for the Standard College Essay
Presenter: Seneca Ryan, English Language Fellow, U.S. Department of State
Academic writing styles can vary from culture to culture. The differences between Ukrainian and English composition are one such example. Since these differences often elude non-native speakers, Ukrainian students may struggle to compose quality English writing. In this workshop, we will review and practice some basic standards for constructing university essays. Participants will leave with tools to better assist students in developing well-structured academic writing in English.
 
Wednesday, May 17 from 3:00 – 4:00 PM Webinar 6.2 “Developing Vocabulary&Grammar for Critical Thinking
Webinar Description:
Practicing critical thinking skills is challenging for English learners because they lack familiarity with commonly associated words and phrases. In this webinar, the presenter will identify key vocabulary and grammatical structures and will model classroom approaches for introducing and practicing them in critical thinking exercises. These exercises will include the use of visual media and will be presented in a sequence from low to high levels, focusing on key elements for your students to interpret and use correctly.
Presenter Bio:
Bruce Rubin has taught English to international university students and adult immigrants since 1989. Since 2001, he has been teaching for the American Language Program at California State University, Fullerton, while also training future teachers studying in the TESOL Department and foreign faculty participating in short-term programs. Rubin is currently the Interim Director of the American Language Program and an English Language Specialist with the U.S. Department of State.
 
Friday, May 19 from 4:00 – 5:30 PM Methodological Workshop 1.3 “Writing in Montessori Preschool Education
Presenter: Olesya Nedelcheva, Leading Montessori teacher in “Montessori New Age School”(Kyiv, Ukraine); certified Montessori teacher for children age 2.8 – 6.
In this workshop, you will make acquaintance with the Montessori materials that facilitate learning alphabet and encourage children to write. You will also learn how kids become sound conscious, see what writing materials are used and find out how to make them by yourself, and how Montessori environment helps children to develop their writing skills.
 
Monday, May 22 from 4:00 – 5:30 PM Seminar Sing in English without Ukrainian Accent
Presenters: Natalia Yaremovich, English language instructor, and Natalia Ivanova, vocal coach and voice teacher.
Combining efforts and interest in foreign languages, methods of work on pronunciation, both Natalias have created this seminar to let you test the effectiveness of learning foreign languages while singing songs. At the seminar, using music and based on linguistic knowledge, we will sing the same songs in Ukrainian and English to achieve the correct pronunciation of vowels and consonants!
Due to presenters’ approach, you will be able to look at studying of language from a new perspective and what is more important, at learning English pronunciation. Our motto is “Sing in English without Ukrainian accent; speak Ukrainian without English pronunciation!”
Everybody is welcome!
 
Wednesday, May 24 from 4:00 – 5:30 PM Workshop Workshops Wrapping Up, Evaluation and Presenting of Certificates
Presenter: Maryna Tsehelska works as associate professor at Kryvyi Rih Pedagogical University and she also is the director of the “Educational Centre “Interclass” – a language school, where English is taught through concept mapping. She is a Fulbright alumna, TESOL-Ukraine vice-president and has presented at numerous scientific and practical conferences.
The last workshop in the academic year 2016-17 aims to summarize the content of the previous sessions and, possibly, to make plans for the next academic year.
Objectives of the workshop:
– To evaluate the effectiveness of the workshop in achieving its objectives.
– To discuss training follow-up plans.
– To share closing thoughts and impressions.
– To award regular participants with the certificates.
Procedure:
After a brief presentation, which will take stock of the methods and activities discussed before, we’ll move the certificates and participants’ questions (please, remember to prepare 1 question, even not using Bloom’s Taxonomy:)
Then, time permitting, we’ll take a new topic and discuss how to teach it.
 
Friday, May 26 from 4:00 – 5:30 PM Workshop “Content & Language Integrated Learning Based Instruction: An Exploration
Presenter: Seneca Ryan, English Language Fellow, U.S. Department of State
Language, particularly grammar & lexicon, are traditionally viewed as the central focus of EFL classrooms. However, teachers are increasingly shifting to approaching language as a vehicle in which to explore other subjects. In fact, a growing body of research shows this practical approach has resulted in improved classroom outcomes while providing students with more meaningful learning experiences. In this session, we will explore the method of “CLIL” and transfer the theory into practice. 
 
 Wednesday, May 31 from 3:00 – 4:00 PM Webinar 6.3 “Nurturing Critical Thinking Skills in EFL Classroom
Webinar Description:
In this webinar, we will develop a shared understanding of what it means to “think critically.” We will examine why teachers should devote time to helping students develop a critical thinking mindset, both for language acquisition and lifelong learning purposes. Practical ideas for promoting critical thinking in the EFL classroom will be shared.
Presenter Bio:
Heather Benucci is an EFL teacher, teacher trainer, and materials development specialist. She has led virtual professional development programs for EFL teachers from over 100 countries. Heather has served as a U.S. Department of State English Language Specialist for projects related to academic writing in Russia and online teacher professional development in Brazil; she has also worked with teachers and students in Korea, England, and the United States. Heather holds master’s degrees in TESOL and International Relations with an emphasis on Intercultural Communication.
 
Wednesday, May 31 from 4:00 – 5:30 PM Workshop “How to Get Students Speaking
Presenter: Olena Gyrych, Professional Psychologist and English Language instructor at British Council, regular Psychology Speaking Club moderator.
 A language starts from the intention to say something, express yourself and exchange information, and a role of every teacher is to provide students with as many opportunities for that as possible. In this session, we will discuss how we can help students overcome their language barriers, share some tips for getting students speaking and try out several engaging communicative activities suitable for different ages and levels.
 
b) ETRC Joined «Україна Speaking» Campaign: Youth Discussion Club
In May, Jimmy Hill, M.ED., Counselling Psychology, Lecturer, and Rose Puthenpurackal, Master’s in Political Science, English teacher, and traveler, will moderate discussion clubs on Life Skills on Tuesdays, May 16, 23 and 30 at 4:00PM.
All interested are welcome!!!
Tuesday, May 16 from 4:00 – 5:30 PM Discussion Club “The Importance of Play: How Adults Stay Healthy Through Play
This discussion on play will focus on how play and keeping the inner child alive and well is important in staying young and healthy; how most advanced animals play and have fun; why having fun is a critical need for all humans; how play can help a person remain creative. You will also answer questions on how your style of play has changed, how one can think like a child again and other questions.
Tuesday, May 23 from 4:00 – 5:30 PM Discussion Club “Finding Your True Self
To truly know yourself is the most important skill you can ever possess. When you know who you are, you know what you need to do, instead of looking for permission from others. Once you know yourself, you will become more confident, you will understand your purpose, and you will begin making a bigger impact on the world. Join the discussion with psychologist Jimmy Hill and learn how to find your true self.
Tuesday, May 30 from 4:00 – 5:30 PM Discussion Club “Overcoming Addictions: Addiction and the Brain
What’s your addiction? Whether you’re dealing with an addiction to alcohol, tobacco, food, playing video games, the Internet, your phone, admitting that you have a problem is always the first step to overcoming it. Join the discussion with psychologist Jimmy Hill and learn how addiction affects your brain and what you should do to fight and beat it.
c) Women’s Club Schedule
If you are fond of hand making, we invite you to join warm women’s club atmosphere and participate in the master classes on needle felting under the guidance of psychologist and hand-made artist Anna Suprun.
Monday, May 15 from 3:00 – 5:00 PM Women’s Club Handmade Master-Class on Felting Pictures 
Monday, May 29 from 3:00 – 5:00 PM Women’s Club Handmade Master-Class on Needle Felting 
 
d) ETRC Joined «Україна Speaking» Campaign»: Youth Film Club
In May, Rose Puthenpurackal, will moderate film club meetings
on Thursdays, May 11, 18 and 25 at 3:00PM.
Rose Puthenpurackal is a Master’s in Political Science and an avid shoestring traveler. She has taught English in four continents and has worked with filmmakers in the festival circuit and artists on culture-specific social issues.
Thursday, May 11 from 3:00 – 6:00 PM “Nocturnal Animals” (2016) (Runtime 116 min.) with English subtitles
Motion Picture Rating (MPAA): Rated R for violence, menace, graphic nudity, and language. See all certifications athttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt4550098/parentalguide?ref_=tt_stry_pg#certification
Director: Tom Ford
Starring: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Isla Fisher, Armie Hammer
A wealthy art gallery owner is haunted by her ex-husband’s novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a symbolic revenge tale.
Thursday, May 18 from 3:00 – 6:00 PM “Bridesmaids” (2011) (Runtime 125 min.) with English subtitles
Motion Picture Rating (MPAA): Rated R for some strong sexuality, and language throughout. See all certifications athttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt1478338/parentalguide?ref_=tt_stry_pg#certification
Starring: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Rebel Wilson, Melissa McCarthy, Jon Hamm
Competition between the maid of honor and a bridesmaid, over who is the bride’s best friend, threatens to upend the life of an out-of-work pastry chef.
Thursday, May 25 from 3:00 – 6:00 PM “Moonlight” (2016) (Runtime 111 min.) with English subtitles
Motion Picture Rating (MPAA): Rated R for some sexuality, drug use, brief violence, and language throughout. See all certifications at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4975722/parentalguide?ref_=tt_stry_pg#certification
Starring: Mahershala Ali, Shariff Earp, Duan Sanderson, Naomie Harris
A chronicle of the childhood, adolescence and burgeoning adulthood of a young, African-American, gay man growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami.
Moonlight received eight nominations at the 89th Academy Awards, the second highest of all nominees, and won three awards: for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay.
– Please sign up in advance to attend a particular event at the circulation desk, by phone (044) 425-77-75, by e-mail:etrc_kyiv@yahoo.com, or send a text message to 067 230-7619.
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
a) EducationUSA Alumni Fair 2017 at America House Kyiv in May
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Are you interested in higher education in the US?
EducationUSA invites you to attend the annual Alumni Fair “Education in the United States” that will take place at the America House Kyiv on Saturday, May 13 at 12PM. You will get an excellent opportunity to meet American and Ukrainian graduates from US colleges and universities and learn about their experience there.
In addition, you will also learn about the programs of the US Government, American Councils for International Education, EducationUSA Advising Center in Ukraine, and private foundations. Participation in the Alumni Fair is free. You only need to register on the following link: http://bit.ly/alumnifair2017
Don’t miss your chance to attend the EducationUSA Alumni Fair!
Please find more information at https://www.facebook.com/americahousekyiv/.
 
b) Summer English Camp Thematic “Inter-Camp 2017” in Skadovsk (Khersonska Obl) in July 2017
Dear colleagues, 
Educational Centre “Interclass” invites you to participate in the summer camp “Intercamp”, which will take place in Skadovsk – Shift 1 (03.07 – 12.07), Shift 2 (12.07 – 21.07).
                                                       
This year we give an opportunity for the teachers, who bring seven campers, to attend camp for free, participate in classes and get a certificate. 
Please find more information attached.
 
c) Virginia International University Scholarship (USA)
Virginia International University (VIU) offers a unique opportunity to acquire an excellent, multi-disciplinary education at an affordable cost by offering students access to scholarships. VIU has been attracting individuals who take their VIU experiences into their own cultures, share their knowledge with future generations, and launch successful careers. Thus, there are several different types of scholarships available based on exemplary personal skills, academic achievement, extracurricular participation, on-campus work, and residency.
Application Deadline: The application deadline is September 1, 2017.
Applications are now being accepted for Virginia International University Scholarship Programme. The scholarships will be awarded to prospective students from 7 regions around the world.
The purpose of this scholarship is to provide and maintain awareness of the value that Virginia International University places on ethnic diversity and multiculturalism within the community.
Virginia International University is a private, non-profit institution established in 1998. Located in Fairfax, Virginia, VIU offers degree programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as language programs like English as a Second Language (ESL), test preparation courses, and continuing education opportunities.
More information http://viu.edu/future-students/finance/scholarships.html
 
d) On-line Courses for You!!!!
TOEFL® Test Preparation: The Insider’s Guide
Prepare for the TOEFL® test and learn how to improve your score and English language skills from the experts who create the exam.
Special Offer: Upgrade to a verified certificate to receive a free copy of The Official Guide to the TOEFL® Test eBook.
Free online courses from Educational Testing Service (ETSx)
Starts on May 3, 2017
About this course
This test preparation course, developed by the experts who create, administer and score the TOEFL test, will help English language learners improve their skills.
The TOEFL test is the world’s most trusted and widely accepted English-language assessment. It has helped millions of people achieve their dreams to study, work or live abroad. More than 9,000 institutions of higher education, government agencies and organizations worldwide accept TOEFL scores for making important decisions.
This course will help you understand what you can do to achieve your best TOEFL test score. Instructors will guide you through each section (Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing) and, using archived past test questions, will explain the kinds of questions you can expect. You will receive valuable advice, including how to register for the test, how it is scored and how to prepare for test day.
This course is highly interactive, using videos, sample questions with explanations, short quizzes and collaborative discussion boards. During the weeks covering Speaking and Writing, the team that developed the TOEFL test will review a handful of your responses and provide evaluation and feedback. In addition, there will be free resources and discounted test prep offers throughout the course.
During this course, you will also have access to actual test materials from retired tests. Finally, you will receive valuable insider tips to help you do your best on the TOEFL test so you can apply to the university or job of your dreams.
Special Offer: All students who upgrade to a verified certificate will receive a free copy of The Official Guide to the TOEFL® Test eBook, valued at $40. This bestselling guide comes directly from the developers of the test, with three full-length practice tests and skill-building tips to help you do your best.
https://www.edx.org/course/toeflr-test-preparation-insiders-guide-etsx-toeflx-2
Leading With Effective Communication (Inclusive Leadership Training)
Develop communication skills that bring out the best in you — and in others.
About this course
Self-Paced
Starts on May 9, 2017
This course is part of a Professional Certificate Program.
What does it take to inspire others, promote a novel idea, or even have a difficult conversation? How can you position yourself as a leader through inclusive communication? How do you know that the message you are intending to send is what is being received? Join Catalyst experts to explore this topic and the important role communication plays in inclusive leadership.
Becoming a Successful Leader (Inclusive Leadership Training)
Become a successful leader by learning 21st-century leadership skills and applying concepts to the real world.
About this course
What separates a successful leader from a mediocre one? In this course, you will learn what successful 21st-century leaders look like and how you can adopt their inclusive leadership style. Using research and best practices, as well as stories from great leaders and everyday people, you will practice empowerment, accountability, courage, and humility—key leadership skills linked to inclusive, successful teams. Throughout the course, you will meet people like yourself, who want to be the best leaders they possibly can by incorporating inclusive leadership into their everyday lives. At the end of the course, you will create a Personal Leadership Plan that will help you continue to develop your skills, knowledge, and awareness in your quest to become a successful, inclusive leader. 
Self-Paced
Starts on May 9, 2017
The Science of Everyday Thinking
Learn how to think better, argue better, and choose better.
About this course
We will explore the psychology of our everyday thinking: why people believe weird things, how we form and change our opinions, why our expectations skew our judgments, and how we can make better decisions. We’ll discuss and debate topics such as placebos, the paranormal, medicine, miracles, and more.
Self-Paced
The Science of Learning – What Every Teacher Should Know
An introductory teaching course for K-12 teachers about the science of learning and how to use current research to improve classroom outcomes.
About this course
This education course will show you, through current research, how we learn — the way our brain makes, stores, and retrieves memories.
You will examine common misconceptions and misunderstandings about learning that can prevent students from learning at their fullest capacity. Along the way you will explore the practical implications of cognitive science for classroom teaching in terms of choosing effective instructional strategies, developing useful assessments, motivating student effort, and designing learner-centered curricular units.
This course is aimed to enhance the practice of K-12 teachers.
Self-Paced
Starts on May 10, 2017
                            
HIGHLIGHTS OF RECENT EVENTS 
In April, English Language Fellow Seneca Ryan conducted two teacher training workshops at ETRC. On, April 14, Seneca and participants explored eight creative listening activities. On April 21, in a workshop Strategies for Student Assessment: An Exploration Seneca shared several alternative student assessment strategies, including rubrics and “can do” statements.
 
On April 5, Maryna Tsehelska, an Associate Professor at Kryvyi Rih Pedagogical University, and Director of the  “Educational Centre “Interclass”, conducted the eighth workshop from her series of monthly workshops “Effective Methods of Teaching English.” Maryna demonstrated how to teach the topic ‘Visual Arts’ through the exploration of the history of art and shared guidelines that would help teachers and students describe, analyze and interpret paintings.
 
On April 7, Rose Puthenpurackal, a Master’s in Political Science and an English Language Teacher, conducted a workshopDynamic Learning Model and American Poetry. Rose and participants analyzed modern American poems and video poems and discussed how introducing poetry could enhance English language learning. Participants were impressed with Rose’s in-depth presentation and left ETRC inspired to integrate her ideas in their classrooms.
 
On April 19, ETRC hosted the second workshop of a 3-part course on Montessori preschool education conducted by Olesya Nedelcheva, leading Montessori teacher at Montessori New Age School. In the workshop on the topic Reading in Montessori Preschool Education, Olesya told about Montessori learning environment, demonstrated Montessori materials for facilitating learning alphabet, and shared reading activities used at Montessori schools. Participants enjoyed the presentation and the opportunity to learn more and integrate elements of other educational approaches in traditional teaching.
 
In April, ETRC staff organized four discussion clubs moderated by Rose Puthenpurackal, a Master’s in Political Science and an English Language Teacher. On April 4, in the session ‘Why Do We Want to Be Leaders?’, participants discussed traits of successful leaders and debated whether people needed leaders or could function without them. On April 11, in a discussion‘Types of Egos: How do they define your reality?’, attendees contemplated how they defined their ego and explored ego-states Parent, Adult and Child. On April 18, during a discussion ‘How Counterpropaganda Works’, Rose showed videos with examples of modern propaganda, including astroturfing, wartime and corporate propaganda, and shared strategies for countering propaganda.  On April 25, in a debate ‘Should elderly people be held responsible for taking care of themselves or are children obligated to care for their parents?’, participants discussed differences of treatment of the elderly in the American, Ukrainian and Asian cultures and shared their attitude toward ageist prejudices and stereotypes.
Participants highly enjoyed profound and meaningful discussions and praised Rose for bringing their attention to important issues and encouraging them to get educated and improve the ways of viewing themselves and others.
 
 On April 12, English Language Instructor Victor Bielyshev conducted a presentation ‘A Road to Success. The Learning Zone. The Power of Conversation’ at ETRC. Firstly, Victor shared essential tips for sustaining a coherent and confident conversation. Furthermore, Victor showed a TED lecture ‘How to get better at the things you care about’ and discussed its key idea of dedicating as much time to learning as we did to performing. Attendees enjoyed the discussion and praised Victor for choosing topics which would help them grow both personally and professionally.
 
On April 13, ETRC staff and instructor Anna Suprun welcomed handmade enthusiasts to Women’s club for a master class on felting. Participants brought and shared home-baked treats, and during the session, created needle-felted dolls and fairies.
 
In April, ETRC staff organized four film club meetings. Participants watched popular American movies and discussed its key ideas and related topics. The film club on April 13 was joined by the English Language Fellow Seneca Ryan who conducted a master-class on making balloon animals and taught participants how to make balloon bunnies to decorate their homes for Easter.
 
NEW ACQUISITIONS
We are happy to bring to your attention that we got a donation from our members and supporters. Please come to ETRC to borrow them!
Category: Methodology
EXAM TRAINER NEW 2017: A Guide on Preparation for the Independent External Assessment (ZNO) on the English Language by Alla Martyniuk, Iryna Nabokova, Iryna Sverdlova and Alla Yurchenko
(Donated by Natalia Matkovska)
You will have an opportunity to make acquaintance with the requirements of the Independent external assessment program approved by the Ukrainian Ministry of Education, samples of tests with comments, three practice tests and other useful information.
Category: DVD
The Little Princess (1939, 91 minutes, Color)
Starring Shirley Temple
(Donated by Jason Slobodian)
When her father, Captain Crewe, goes off to fight in the Boer War, young Sara Crewe is placed into the care of Amanda Minchin, the head of an exclusive private school for girls. Sara lives a wonderful life of a privileged child and is quite happy in her surroundings. When her father is listed as missing in action however, her life goes from one of plenty to that of a poor house maid. Mrs. Minchin agrees to keep her on at the school, but in the absence of her tuition payments, she has to work for her keep. She is soon cleaning out the fireplace and scrubbing floors and is dubbed the little princess by her former schoolmates. She also refuses to accept that her father is dead and prowls the hospitals in the hope of locating him. Luck – and Royal intervention – assist her in her quest.
Category: Non-fiction
Letters from a Genius to an Oaf: Guy Davenport’s Correspondence to No Sweat, 2017
(Donated by Harvey Carroll Jr.)
LETTERS FROM A GENIUS TO AN OAF, the book which tells its story through the correspondence of one Kentucky author to another, Guy Davenport to “No Sweat”, reveals the love two men have for writing. One is a highly educated perfectionist and the other, ignorant and raw-boned. Together, they form a” Kentucky world” which happens to be, nothing Kentucky.
Category: Fiction
Go Set a Watchman: A Novel Paperback, 2016
by Harper Lee
(Donated by Jason Slobodian)
From Harper Lee comes a landmark new novel set two decades after her beloved Pulitzer Prize–winning masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird.
Maycomb, Alabama. Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch—“Scout”—returns home from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise’s homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town, and the people dearest to her. Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt.
Featuring many of the iconic characters from To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman perfectly captures a young woman, and a world, in painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past—a journey that can only be guided by one’s own conscience. Written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman imparts a fuller, richer under- standing and appreciation of Harper Lee. Here is an unforgettable novel of wisdom, humanity, passion, humor, and effortless precision—a profoundly affecting work of art that is both wonderfully evocative of another era and relevant to our own times. It not only confirms the enduring brilliance of To Kill a Mockingbird, but also serves as its essential companion, adding depth, context, and new meaning to an American classic.
 
SPECIAL DAYS IN MAY
May 1 – International Workers’ Day
International Workers’ Day, also known as Labor Day, is a commemoration of the achievements of the labor movement. The 1 May date is used because in 1884 the American Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions demanded an eight-hour workday, to come in effect as of 1 May 1886. This resulted in the general strike and the Haymarket Riot of 1886, but eventually also in the official sanction of the eight-hour workday. In the 20th century, the holiday received the official endorsement of the Soviet Union, and it is also celebrated as the Day of the International Solidarity of Workers.
May 8 – Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation
Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation is a memorable day in Ukraine, which is celebrated on May 8, the anniversary of the surrender of Nazi Germany. According to the Decree of the President of Ukraine, signed in 2015, the purpose of the celebration is “to commemorate the feat of the Ukrainian nation, its outstanding contribution to the victory of anti-Hitler coalition in the Second World War and express respect for all the fighters against Nazism.”
May 9 – Victory Day over Nazism in World War II
Victory Day over Nazism in World War II or Victory Day is a national holiday and a day off in Ukraine. It was first celebrated on 9 May 2015 and follows the Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation on May 8. The holiday replaced the Soviet “Victory Day”, which was celebrated in the post-Soviet Union states, including Ukraine, until 2014 inclusive.
The official symbol of celebration of Victory Day over Nazism in World War II and Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation is red poppy (remembrance poppy) flower, which is the world common symbol of memorable days of World War II. The motto of both days is “1939—1945. We remember. We prevail”
May 14 – Mother’s Day (in the U.S. and Ukraine)
 Mother’s Day is observed on the second Sunday of May in the United States and Ukraine. It was established by the American social activist Anna Jarvis. The first official Mother’s Day was celebrated at St. Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia, on May 10, 1908. Jarvis then campaigned to establish Mother’s Day first as a U.S. national holiday and then later as an international holiday. Traditions on Mother’s Day in the U.S. include churchgoing, the distribution of carnations, family dinners, giving flowers and cards.
May 29 – Memorial Day
Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May. It commemorates all men and women who have died in military service for the United States. It is traditional to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff from dawn until noon. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day and it is traditionally seen as the start of the summer season.
 
YOUR EMOTIONAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH
1)             What to Eat Before and After a Workout
What you eat before and after your workout is extremely important. Fueling your fitness with the proper nutrition will help maximize the benefits of all your hard work at the gym. Find below the top tips from a registered dietitian regarding eating right for your workout.
2)             Drinking Water at the Correct Time
It’s common knowledge that drinking eight glasses of water a day is essential for the body to function properly. However, do you know what the optimal time to drink water is? Read the following tips and find out.
 
TIDBITS FROM THE INTERNET
1)        End of the Year Activities and Celebration Ideas
Ah, the end of the year. Everyone’s tired and losing focus. Some tests are behind you, some are ahead of you, and probably no one – you or your students – is really at their best. So what should teachers do? Choose a goal to make the last month of school an effective one. Here are some time-honored end of the year activities and celebration tips.
2)        5 Ways to Help Middle Schoolers Write Beyond the Bare Minimum
Teaching writing is not for the faint of hear, especially in middle school! For many students, there is no amount of cajoling, pleading, or threatening that will produce a response other than, “I don’t know what to write.” They seem to want to write the minimum word count and move on to the next task at hand. It doesn’t have to be this way, though. There are ways to help kids slay the writing dragon while maintaining peace in your classroom.
3)        ESL Conversation Questions
Have you ever been stuck when it comes to thinking of questions in English? If yes, this great site will help you out immensely. All questions here are designed to get the most out of your students’ English ability and include questions for practicing grammar points, discussing topics, and questions that correspond to the units in popular textbooks.
 
USEFUL RESOURCES
1)     Oxford Dictionaries
Oxford Dictionaries provide free English dictionary and thesaurus. Find definitions, synonyms, audio pronunciations, and grammar and usage tips. https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/
 2) Purdue Online Writing Lab
The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) is the foremost web resource for academic writing, created and maintained by the Writing Lab at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. For those teaching ESL in academic settings, this site is an absolute necessity. Students should also become familiar with this site, especially those who are pursuing studies at American colleges and universities. The site includes everything you need for teaching grammar in writing, academic genres, thesis statements, and more.https://owl.english.purdue.edu/sitemap/
3) Talk English
Talk English offers over 9,000 audio files that cover topics from general English to more specific business related scenarios. Improve your spoken English for free! http://www.talkenglish.com/
 
May Day
by Sara Teasdale 
“A delicate fabric of bird song
Floats in the air,
The smell of wet wild earth
Is everywhere.
Oh I must pass nothing by
Without loving it much,
The raindrop try with my lips,
The grass with my touch;
For how can I be sure
I shall see again
The world on the first of May
Shining after the rain?”
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We look forward to seeing you at the ETRC!
ETRC Staff

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